One Across, Two Down by Ruth Rendell
(Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

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   Two things interest Stanley Manning: crossword puzzles, and the substantial sum his wife Vera stands to inherit when his mother-in-law dies. Otherwise, life at 61 Lanchester Road is a living hell. For Mrs. Kinaway lives with them now—and she will stop at nothing to tear their marriage apart. One afternoon, Stanley sets aside his crossword puzzles and changes all their lives forever... 
    In One Across, Two Down, master crime writer Ruth Rendell describes a man whose strained sanity and stained reputation transform him from a witless loser into a killer afraid of his own shadow.  Mischievously plotted, smart, maddeningly entertaining, One Across, Two Down is a dark delight—classic Rendell.

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Ruth Rendell has won three Edgar Awards, the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America, four Gold Daggers, and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England’s prestigious Crime Writer’s Association. Her remarkable career has spanned more than forty years, with more than sixty books published. A member of the House of Lords, she lives in London.
Published July 1, 2009 by Vintage. 192 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, War. Fiction

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With a little of the charm in which he is singularly lacking, Stanley might be one of Patricia Highsmith's murderers and his story is just as full of convertible and unexpected reverses.

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I posted about another volume of Agatha Christie's notebook entries: AGATHA CHRISTIE, THE MAKING OF MURDER Edited by John Curran.

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